Ireland's comedy talent united on Friday night for RTÉ Does Comic Relief, a four-hour fundraising marathon which raised plenty of laughs - and plenty of cash for Irish charities.  

A figure of €5,071,701, including a government donation, had been raised by the show’s close in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Hozier performed a heart-stopping rendition of Bridge Over Troubled Waters 

Irish stars lined up alongside a who’s who of Irish comedy, including Aisling Bea, Dara Ó Briain and Jason Byrne, for a night of comedy sketches, surprise appearances, collaborations and live studio performances.

Classic and much-loved shows such as Paths to Freedom made one-off returns as did Zig and Zag, along with Dustin the Turkey, reprising their roles in a special RTÉ Does Comic Relief edition of The Den.

The "hot priest" will take your confession now 

Niall Horan, and comedy trio Foil Arms and Hog also made appearances, and Roy Keane took part in a How Cork Are You? quiz, while Christy Moore sang his song The Voyage down his 20-year-old Nokia phone in a rendition that made the Kildare icon sound like a 1930s delta bluesman.

A sketch involving a Zoom call between the cast of Derry Girls taking acting tips from Oscar-nominated actress Saoirse Ronan was a hit with viewers, while Dermot Bannon: The Opera added a touch of glass to the night.

There was also rolling news coverage from Anne Doyle presenting Waterford Whispers News and a heart-stopping performance from Hozier from an eerily deserted Croke Park.

Saoirse Ronan became an honorary Derry Girl 

However, it was a divine reunion between Normal People's Connell and Marianne, played by Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones, which really sent hearts a flutter on the night.

In a surreal musical crossover, the deadly serious but naughty drama joined up with deeply frivolous but naughty comedy Fleabag when the now legendary "hot priest", played by Dublin actor Andrew Scott, took the confessions of Marianne and Connell.  

RTÉ Does Comic Relief’s charity partner for the event is The Community Foundation For Ireland who will distribute the funds raised to charities around the country.

Donation phone lines are now closed but you can continue to donate here for another two weeks.

Click here to catch up on all the best bits from RTÉ Does Comic Relief on the RTÉ Player